Nearby words

  1. peevers,
  2. peevish,
  3. peevishly,
  4. peewee,
  5. peewit,
  6. peg away at,
  7. peg climbing,
  8. peg down,
  9. peg leg,
  10. peg out


    take down a peg, to reduce the pride or arrogance of; humble: I guess that'll take him down a peg!

Origin of peg

1400–50; late Middle English pegge (noun), peggen (v.) < Middle Dutch

Related formspeg·less, adjectivepeg·like, adjectivere·peg, verb, re·pegged, re·peg·ging.




a female given name, form of Peggy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for peg

British Dictionary definitions for peg



a small cylindrical pin or dowel, sometimes slightly tapered, used to join two parts together
a pin pushed or driven into a surface: used to mark scores, define limits, support coats, etc
music any of several pins passing through the head (peg box) of a stringed instrument, which can be turned so as to tune strings wound around themSee also pin (def. 11)
Also called: clothes peg British a split or hinged pin for fastening wet clothes to a line to dryUS and Canadian equivalent: clothespin
informal a person's leg
Northern English dialect a tooth
British a small drink of wine or spirits, esp of brandy or whisky and soda
an opportunity or pretext for doing somethinga peg on which to hang a theory
a mountaineering piton
croquet a post that a player's ball must strike to win the game
angling a fishing station allotted to an angler in a competition, marked by a peg in the ground
informal a level of self-esteem, importance, etc (esp in the phrases bring or take down a peg)
informal See peg leg
off the peg mainly British (of clothes) ready to wear, as opposed to tailor-made

verb pegs, pegging or pegged

(tr) to knock or insert a peg into or pierce with a peg
(tr sometimes foll by down) to secure with pegsto peg a tent
mountaineering to insert or use pitons
(tr) to mark (a score) with pegs, as in some card games
(tr) informal to aim and throw (missiles) at a target
(intr; foll by away, along, etc) mainly British to work steadilyhe pegged away at his job for years
(tr) to stabilize (the price of a commodity, an exchange rate, etc) by legislation or market operations
See also peg down, peg out

Word Origin for peg

C15: from Low Germanic pegge

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Word Origin and History for peg
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Idioms and Phrases with peg


In addition to the idiom beginning with peg

  • peg away at

also see:

  • square peg in a round hole
  • take down a notch (peg)
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